The idea of it throws the whole concept of gambling on its ear; funny thing is, it looks dashing that way. Playing online casino games only to give your winnings away to charity is not without precedent.
Long before online casino game rooms adopted the practice, Barry Greenstein was making a name for himself doing just that: raking in the pots in mostly Texas Hold’em poker games and distributing the money to places like Children Incorporated, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, ILoveSchools.com, March of Dimes, 999 for Kids, and The Golden Angels for Olive Crest. Well, now you too can be an online casino game philanthropist, with the help of many of your (and our) favorite online casino game rooms.
Maybe the most publicized online casino game hall that gives to charities is Golden Palace Online Casino, but their style of charitable giving is to bid extraordinary amounts OK Casino on auctions for rare oddities of questionable value with the proceeds all going to charity. But this doesn’t empower you, as a player, to be the source or the object of the giving. That your online casino game room donates to charity is nice, yes. But how would you like to be the one, with your online casino game room’s help, that makes the difference?
Hollywood Poker is after that prestige, however, aiming to become the number one online poker room associated with charitable giving. In reaction to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, Hollywood Poker, in December of 2005, hosted an online poker tournament whereby they matched donor-player’s entry fees dollar for dollar, with all proceeds (the full $47,950) given to the American Red Cross and the International Hospital for Children.
Hollywood Poker also hosted a land-based tournament benefiting MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in which 170 players participated in raising $69,000. This amounted to 10% of the buy-ins and re-buys.